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Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter/ Chef Charlie Loomis

Back in January, local chef Charlie Loomis took on celebrity chef and reality TV star Bobby Flay and out-cooked him on "Beat Bobby Flay." Now, you can learn from him while preparing your own meal.

Loomis is at home these days after the Feed Co. Table and Tavern on Main Street shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. To pass the time and bring a little income into the household, he plans to begin a nightly online cooking series where a family of up to 10 people join him via the online conferencing app Zoom as they go through an entire meal preparation from cocktails to dessert.

The first one is set for Saturday night.

"I'll get with them prior to the night and come up with a menu with them," Loomis said.

He'll then send them recipes and a grocery list so that everything is ready to go, he said.

"It should take between an hour to 90 minutes and we will make everything together whether you are a fairly skilled chef or a novice. We'll make it together," Loomis said.

He said he has been doing similar webisodes for companies who have used them as a way to entertain employees who are stuck at home.

The cost is around $40 per person. The goal is to do one a night and to eventually introduce brunches to the lineup on weekends. And he said he'd like to eventually include musicians and bartenders to the groups. To participate, email chefcharlieloomis@gmail.com.

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